To horror fans around the world, the Overlook Hotel needs no introduction. But in my neck of the woods, it’s known as theTimberline Lodge and has sat on Mt. Hood for over 80 years.
The place has been a prime vacation destination for decades - mainly for the skiing - but became iconic when Stanley Kubrick chose it to represent the exterior of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. For those of you who only know Timberline from the movie, I hate to burst your bubble, but the lavish interiors were actually shot in England and look nothing like the woodsy decor of the real hotel. Still, the reason ‘Room 217’ from the book was changed to ‘Room 237’ for the film was because Timberline actually has a Room 217 and management worried people would be afraid to stay there. Personally, I can’t think of a horror fan who wouldn’t wanna book that room.
Since it’s probably Oregon’s most famous movie location and practically in my backyard, I recently took the wife & kids on a road trip to visit the place. Here are some photos of the “Overlook” today (not a lot has changed) as well as a look inside...
|Obviously, it ain't winter yet.|
|No, that ain't Jack|
|The grand entrance...along with a clueless douche who wouldn't move out of the way.|
|The main lobby.|
|One of the massive hallways. Barely enough room to ride a trike.|
|The dreaded elevator.|
|You can get Shining swag at the gift shop...|
|...and of course, we bought some!|